The 5th Wave is a good enough idea with a mushed up middle. The… MoreThe 5th Wave is a good enough idea with a mushed up middle. The beginning drags as introductions take place and the pace of the movie meanders along, but it appears to be (boringly) building toward something. Then the story hits a brick wall and becomes fairly hard to sit through. Once the movie starts to get interesting again, it ends.
The actors are good enough, and I've had high hopes for Chloe Grace Moretz since she charismatized Kick-Ass. Being in a movie that works more as a straight to DVD isn't what I had in mind this early in her career, though. She's stuck in a generic and uninteresting movie and can't make it any better by being in it. None of the actors can. They have the unintentional personalities of an M. Night Shyamalan film. I'm not sure anyone wanted to be in the movie.
The 5th Wave was intended to to a series, but I don't see any chance of more money being pumped into this failed attempt at a sci-fi teen romance love triangle. Maybe down the road, on a night when nothing else is on, I'd watch this again over an infomercial, but nobody should waste their money on The 5th Wave.
Kung Fu Panda 3 is the third fantastic movie in the Kung Fu Panda… MoreKung Fu Panda 3 is the third fantastic movie in the Kung Fu Panda films and I don't think I could pick out one that's better than the other. The stories in these movies has kept me rooting for the same overweight, obnoxious panda and his family and friends since 2008.
Panda 3 introduces us to Po's extended family, which were hinted to being in this movie at the end of part 2. They not only found a way to keep the Kung Fu Panda story interesting, but they've left me wanting more. There has to be a part 4 coming and I can't wait. The story kept me smiling or laughing through the whole movie and the voice actors were a huge part of that. The animators really put Jack Black into Po. His facial expressions, the way he acted: it was Jack Black.
There was a small moment that made the movie a bit long, but it moved along nicely most of the time. The music was also a small distraction at times, but the story and characters outmuscled the distractions. There's not much in the way of suspense that movie didn't seem to be missing.
The animation of both the characters and the scenery was incredible. The backdrops helped make the movie as stunning as it was and the fights and atmosphere in the spirit realm were incredible.
Somehow this gem of a cartoon was released in January. It's a must see that I can already tell everyone is going to end up in my collection.
MIKE TYSON is in Ip Man 3. I thought he was a great addition to this… MoreMIKE TYSON is in Ip Man 3. I thought he was a great addition to this movie, which struggled a bit to keep a solid story moving along. While I understand that movie-making is different in the East, Ip Man's story didn't transition between crises very well. The story was OK overall, but the fights made this movie worth watching.
You can't really change the lead character, and Donnie Yen brings Ip Man to life, but the actor who portrayed Cheung's kung fu was stronger... literally. The guy was so much more animated and violent until the end, when Yen got better. I kept waiting for Ip Man to take his frustrations out on SOMEONE, but that moment never came.
The fight choreography was good for the most part, after a bit of a slow start. It seemed Yen wasn't able to handle the speed of taking on multiple combatants. When it was more limited fighting, Yen was amazing. The Cheung guy didn't seem to have any limits.
Ip Man 3 isn't a big budget movie with the scenery like Crouching Tiger, so I wouldn't say you need to see it in theaters, but it's definitely worth watching for any Ip Man or kung fu movie fan.
Ride Along 2 is nothing more than a decent movie, but it's pretty… MoreRide Along 2 is nothing more than a decent movie, but it's pretty funny. Kevin Hart and Ice Cube work well together and the addition of Ken Jeong and Olivia Munn was fantastic.
I would have hoped that they put a little more effort into the script with this wonderful cast. The story is basic and obvious, and is there isn't any kind of twist. It's written well enough that the story flows and jokes are set up to keep us laughing. The one thing that I never thought could happen for me is that Kevin Hart's schtick would old, but it did in a few parts. He was just too much in some parts. I like his character (we'll leave it at that because he hasn't exactly shown range), but it was overdone in Ride Along 2.
Hart and Cube are a great team in need of a comparable movie. We'll see how Hart does with Dwayne Johnson in a few months. I'm excited to see that. For now, I think Ride Along 2 is a good way to pass time in January.
The Revenant is an intense and visually stunning movie. While DiCaprio… MoreThe Revenant is an intense and visually stunning movie. While DiCaprio is the main character, it's the first time I can remember that another star's name is not only on the poster, but is the same size as Leo's. There's a reason: the other star is Tom Hardy, possibly the greatest, most versatile actor of our time. Both actors are amazing, and the supporting cast is full of good actors on top of their game.
The film put me in the era these men lived in. Whether it was an accurate or not, The Revenant was rugged and tough. The cinematography and locations were some of the best I've seen. The bear attack scene had people looking away from the screen because of how graphic it was. The movie was methodical and flowed without me noticing any flat parts. Every scene was necessary and moved things along.
I was nervous about going to see The Revenant because the last movie Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu directed before this was highly reviewed also and was one of my least favorite movies of 2014 (Birdman). Fortunately for me, these two movies couldn't be any different. The Birdman found a new way to irritate me with just about every scene. The Revenant had me riveted.
Too many people I've spoken with about The Revenant thought it was "OK." I would still say it needs to be watched in theaters to appreciate the amazing locations and how the cinematographer was able to take advantage of them.
Joy is an absolutely pleasant movie. The previews didn't make it look… MoreJoy is an absolutely pleasant movie. The previews didn't make it look interesting at all and it started out weak, but once the story came out it became interesting.
It's only 60% on RT, and I can't say that the story could have been made more interesting. Joy is about a down on her luck woman who invents a mop and how she markets it. There are a number of amazing actors who do an OK job in Joy. Jennifer Lawrence is the lead and she shows a bit of range. The script is limiting, but she does the most she can with it. Edgar Ramirez is the most stand-out actor in Joy. He plays the ex-husband who still lives with her.
The ending was a bit lame and dragged the climax down. The 2-hour run-time made Joy a bit long.
Joy will be OK to watch on TV down the road. It's PG-13 so not too much will be taken out when it is televised. It's worth remembering down the road.
Some years ago I watched Will Smith in a movie called Six Degrees of… MoreSome years ago I watched Will Smith in a movie called Six Degrees of Separation (1993). It was a pretty lame movie with Will Smith delivering a strong performance. Concussion is a little better movie, but it's pretty much the same. Standard movie, Will Smith making it appear better than it is.
The NFL, like every other company, hides dark secrets in order to stay relevant and make a profit at the expense of others. Nothing new or unique. How the NFL allowed this film to be made without a fight is beyond me. It uses team names, logos, and even live footage. Although the script was toned down as to not look like Sony was antagonizing the NFL, it's still a pretty hard punch to the gut of such a powerful organization.
Will Smith will probably get at least a nomination for Concussion and he was surrounded by a strong supporting cast. The way they changed focus on the medical aspect to his personal life didn't tie in and looked like two different movies mixed into one. I would also guess that Sony toning down the film to stay as nice as possible to the NFL that they also made the movie a bit more flat. Although the government appeared to be doing a favor to the NFL by harassing Dr. Omalu and his colleague, why the FBI chose to get involved to even such a (relatively) small extent would have been interesting to learn.
Concussion isn't the type of movie that anyone needs to rush to see in theaters, but is worth watching. If you keep up with the awards shows and want to see a great performance before they air, see Concussion. Otherwise it'll be on a movie channel soon enough.
The Big Short is a perfect movie that I'll never recommend to anybody.… MoreThe Big Short is a perfect movie that I'll never recommend to anybody. It covers the 2008 banking collapse in a most unique way. I study current events (when I'm not in school) and kept up with most of this, but The Big Short was able to add even more pieces to the puzzle for me. I laughed through most of it because of the ignorance of people: the public, the government, the banking industry. But at the end it was one of the saddest movies I've seen because of how true it was. It was amazing that a movie could make me laugh through it then leave so sad and upset at the same time.
The Big Short has one of the biggest casts you'll see in a movie outside of an Avengers show (although the actors in The Big Short are much better). The story is solid and entertaining. I was pulled into The Big Short quickly and remained interested in every moment of it. I couldn't have told you whether or not I had to pee through it. At the end I did. Pretty bad. Not a moment is wasted.
There is an educational aspect to of it where most will be lost or disinterested, and that's why I wouldn't recommend it. If the movie went on without explaining what was going on I would have left the movie having to explain just about the whole thing. The things they were talking about during the movie were broken down so well that I had no questions to answer. It was amazing.
I don't know who I'd say had to go see The Big Short. My friends who like great movies or the intelligent ones. I'd say everyone needed to see it, but I'm afraid most people wouldn't like or appreciate it the same way I do.
If anyone else were playing opposite Will Ferrell, Daddy's home would… MoreIf anyone else were playing opposite Will Ferrell, Daddy's home would have been another Ferrell junker waiting for the $5 bin at Walmart. That's still where it'll end up, but it'll take a couple months longer with Wahlberg being able to keep it afloat.
I was hoping Daddy's Home would be a little better as a movie. Wahlberg and Ferrell had good chemistry in another bad movie (The Other Guys), and their chemistry did carry over into this one, but it was in another otherwise bad film. I'm also a Hayden-Church fan and it was good seeing him on the big screen again.
The story was just enough to keep the laughs coming. And it's plenty funny. The funniest parts were in the previews, but there is more to it than what was in the trailer. There is a surprise appearance at the end that was hilarious. It was the best part of the movie.
There is no reason whatsoever to see Daddy's Home in the theaters. Don't waste your money. It'll be on movie channels soon enough.